Former leader of the Hong Kong Christian Council criticizes China for reviving “autocracy”

ICC Note: A former Christian leader in Hong Kong criticizes Beijing for reviving “autocracy”, as he urged local churches serving a Protestant congregation of half a million to be “united and courageous” amid the challenges. Rev. Po Kam-cheong, who stepped down as the secretary general of the council on Dec. 31 last year after his nine-year tenure, notices that Beijing has deepened its involvement in the city’s politics, economy, mass media, education, and laws, eroding its autonomy under the “one country, two systems” principle. Many fear that Hong Kong is losing freedom in many aspects of life. 

01/09/2018 (Christian Times) – The former leader of the Hong Kong Christian Council has criticized China’s central government for reviving “autocracy” and tightening its grip on Hong Kong’s politics and economy.

Rev. Po Kam-cheong, who stepped down as the secretary general of the council on Dec. 31 after his nine-year tenure, shared his personal political observations and urged local churches serving a Protestant congregation of about half a million to be “united and courageous” as they face the challenges.

“In these nine years, the central government not only represented Hong Kong on foreign affairs,” Po wrote, as reported by South China Morning Post.

“It deepened its involvement in the city’s politics, economy, and even mass media, education and laws,” he added.

Hong Kong has been guaranteed a “high degree of autonomy” under the “one country, two systems” principle after it was handed over from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Po has lamented that the one country principle has been “gradually devouring ‘two systems,'” adding that the city is no longer under the framework of its mini-constitution, the Basic Law, but under the Chinese Constitution.

 

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